Conquerors and Slaves: Conquerors and Slaves v. 1

Conquerors and Slaves: Conquerors and Slaves v. 1

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The enormous size of the Roman empire and the length of time it endured call for an understanding of the institutions which sustained it. In this book, Keith Hopkins, who is both classicist and sociologist, uses various sociological concepts and methods to gain new insights into how traditional Roman institutions changed as the Romans acquired their empire. He examines the chain reactions resulting from increased wealth; various aspects of slavery, especially manumission and the cost of freedom; the curious phenomenon of the political power wielded by eunuchs at court; and in the final chapter he discusses the Roman emperor's divinity and the circulation of untrue stories, which were a currency of the political system. Professor Hopkins has developed an exciting approach to social questions in antiquity and his book should be of interest to all students of ancient history and of historical more

Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 22mm | 458.14g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Revised ed.
  • illustrations, map, bibliography, index
  • 0521281814
  • 9780521281812
  • 1,274,691

Table of contents

List of plates; List of tables; List of figures; Preface; Abbreviations; Maps; 1. Conquerors and slaves: the impact of conquering an empire on the political economy of Italy; 2. The growth and practice of slavery in Roman times; 3. Between slavery and freedom: on freeing slaves at Delphi; 4. The political power of eunuchs; 5. Divine emperors or the symbolic unity of the Roman empire; Bibliography; Supplementary bibliography; Index of subjects; Index of proper more
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